A Middlesbrough glass company says it has strengthened its position in Europe after entering into an agreement to supply a Slovenian coatings specialist with its glass-based abrasives, which will be used on a number of international shot blasting projects.
Following an initial order for 24 tonnes, WRL Glass Media has gone onto establish a strong relationship with Tehnicni Sistemi, and has since delivered a further three large orders.
WRL has established a strong foothold in foreign markets thanks to increased demand for its products, which are used for a range of applications including shot blasting and water filtration.
WRL boss Gareth Godwin said: “A growing number of orders are being received from companies outside of the UK.
“Our abrasives, which have ISO and PAS quality accreditations, are commonly recognised as the best glass-based products in industry, and have been in high demand from environmentally conscious customers.
“The quality of our final product, combined with a competitive pricing structure and excellent customer care has been key to capitalising on the encouraging trend, which has seen the use of glass media increase significantly.”
WRL Glass Media now exports into markets including Australia, Greece, Estonia, Iceland and Cyprus, which has supported the company’s strong growth in the UK market in recent months.
Earlier this year it recorded an increase in sales of 81% for its glass media products, which was made possible by its investment in its facilities in South Bank, Middlesbrough.
Its 32,000 sq. ft. Glass Beneficiation Plant, located adjacent to Ward Recycling’s main household recycling facility, is part of a £3.2m investment that was supported by a £500,000 grant from Let’s Grow – a £30m Regional Growth Fund programme operated in partnership with Trinity Mirror Group, BE Group and UNW LLP.
To meet demand, the company has subsequently built an additional 5,000 sq. ft. £450,000 glass clean up extension, which opened in the spring.